Dad Runs Boston Marathon Pushing Daughter In Wheelchair

A Massachusetts father ran the Boston Marathon while pushing his daughter in a wheelchair to help raise money to fight the rare genetic disease she suffers from. Greg MacCurtain and his 10-year-old daughter, Abby completed the virtual Boston Marathon together. He pushed her in a running wheelchair, with the goal of raising money for research on Leigh’s Disease, a genetic neurological disorder that Abby was diagnosed with as an infant.

This isn’t the first time the pair have competed together. Since she was five-years-old, Abby has participated with her dad in triathlons, 5K races, 10K races, half marathons and marathons, including last year’s virtual Boston Marathon. For this year’s race they competed under the name “Team Abby Mac,” and they were able to raise over $10-thousand to support the fight against Leigh’s Disease.

Running while pushing Abby is a challenge, but to Greg it’s worth it. “It feels great,” he says. “With any marathon, there’s a lot of ups and downs… but she keeps me going.” And he’s grateful for the support they’ve received, but gives all the credit to his daughter. “I know it’s Abby’s bright smile and laughter and determination and her fight to beat this disease that everyone sees,” he says. “Everyone is quite supportive of and advocating hard for Abby. We’re very thankful for that.”

Source: People